The Prime Minister will be cheering on the industries that are helping us prepare for the festive season – by allowing them to reopen after the lockdown.
Hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms will reopen on December 2nd – giving us a boost in confidence before 2020 ends.
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a very tough Covid winter plan – with stricter animal restrictions from December 2nd.
However, ministers are believed to be pushing to allow the businesses that are looking good to reopen as the festive season is a busy time for them.
A source said the Daily mail : “Companies like fitness studios and beauty salons absolutely want to open and have made themselves safe in Covid.
“People want their nails done before Christmas – it’s a big season for these companies.”
Hairdressers, gyms and beauty salons have been hit hard by the pandemic and the initial lockdown.
While shops, pubs, and restaurants were open from mid-June and early July, gyms had to wait until July 25 to reopen.
For hair and beauty salons that had to remain closed for six months, the lockdown restrictions were even worse.
They finally got the green light to reopen after August 15th.
These sectors had to close their doors again on November 5th when England fell into a four-week lockdown.
Full details of the new measures will be announced on Monday (November 23). According to the Daily Mail, warnings are being made to the public that while hair and beauty salons are open, this will not be a normal festive party season.
Earlier this week, Dr. Susan Hopkins, a director of Public Health England who advised the government’s coronavirus response that Mr Johnson needs to think about strengthening the levels to get us through the winter months.
It is understood that this advice has led to the new tougher three tier system.
A source added, “It’s going to be difficult – get ready for steroids.”
Additional travel bans and bans on overnight stays could apply under the new plan.
The government is expected to attempt to postpone drinkers’ departure times by extending the pub’s closure to 11 p.m. – despite the fact that final orders are made at 10 p.m. rather than the strict curfew imposed before the lockdown.
There was heavy criticism for the Prime Minister of the curfew – as it meant crowds of people leaving bars and taking to the streets at the same time.
Pubs that don’t serve food may stay closed in Covid hotspots.
And Brits living in Tier 2 and 3 areas could be banned from mixing with other households indoors.
It is assumed that there will be a short five-day break over Christmas to allow families to celebrate together. “Multiple families” could join and mingle in a social bubble between December 22nd and 28th.
Then tighter restrictions will return in the New Year – in the hope that there will be a normal Easter festival.